Cingular Lands $150M Military Contract

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2006-09-21 Print this article Print

The company's new government contract consolidates several existing military wireless contracts to provide a range of secure calling and e-mail services.

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Army, the Air Force and the Defense Telecommunications Service - Washington have teamed up to award a huge new contract for wireless services to Cingular Wireless. The new contract, which consolidates a number of existing military wireless contracts into a single procurement vehicle, is valued at about $150 million over the five years of the contract. The new blanket purchase agreement includes push-to-talk services, BroadbandConnect and BlackBerry services. In addition, the new Cingular contract will support a number of secure calling services.
Click here to read about the latest wireless products from Cingular. The new Cingular wireless service will also include a new government Web portal that can be used by government managers for managing wireless accounts. Cingular says that it has agreements with over 1,200 federal, state and local agencies. Its phones and other devices use the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) standard, which will allow the military to use them worldwide. The new contract will give the government a single pricing structure for phones and other devices, accessories and services, and will give managers more information and more management capability that was available previously. Current contracts cover about 50 thousand subscribers, according to the company. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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